Mario started dancing at the age of sixteen and is a multiple US OPEN Swing Champion. He is one of the most talented and respected Swing instructors in the country. He has choreographed routines for hundreds of dancers and taught thousands more. His emcee skills are incomparable - as is his dance ability.
For the last eleven years, Mario has traveled at least 40 weekends per year judging, teaching, and emceeing at various dance workshops and conventions throughout the United States and Canada in the swing, country western, and shag dance circuits.
He was admitted into the WSDC Hall of Fame in 2001. From 1995 to the 2005 Mario placed from 9th to 3rd place in the NASDE standings. 2003 and 2004 he placed 3rd.
Mario's Competitive credentials include: 2 time U.S. Open Classic swing dance champion; U.S. Open Team Champion and co-choreographer; 6 time Dallas Dance champion; 5 time Southwest Regional champion; 5 time Texas State champion; 3 time Grand National champion (2 in the Classic Swing Division and 1 in the Strictly Swing Division).
Sam holds 10 Divisional and 4 Overall National Shag titles with 4 different partners and is a 6-time USA Grand Nationals Carolina Shag Champion.
Lisa has a background in Country and Swing and lists “Butterfly Kisses” and the “Wizard of Oz” as her favorite performances.
Bob and Beverly have hosted 28 events in their career, including the prestigious “Michigan Dance Classic.”
They are two time recipients of the “Feather Award” for dancing, the equivalent of an “Oscar” for acting. They are past 1st Place winners of the “American Swing Dance Championships” and have placed in the top five of the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships three times. Recently they were winners at the “World Swing, Salsa, and Hustle Championships” winning 1st Place in all three divisions.
Many of you may have seen them on TNN TV doing guest performances on “Club Dance” but if not, they will perform for you on Saturday evening.
They support dancing in many different ways. For example they are sponsors of the “Masters Tour” and provide $300.00 at 12 designated events and $7600.00 split among the top 4 couples in the point standings at the U. S. Open.
They are delighted to be able to teach for “Mid-Ohio Boogie Bash” and they thank the Mid-Ohio Boogie Club for the opportunity to be an important part of our most fun event.
Don and Jennifer have been members of the dance community for several years. Don’s passion to dance prompted him to learn all that he could as soon as he could.
His passion led to teaching others what he knew. Jennifer joined him after their marriage. They are well known in the Columbus area for their ability to impart their expertise to their students.
Bob and Gayle discovered lindy hop shortly after they retired by taking a community class held at Ohio University. They were hooked from the first lesson and have had the great pleasure of traveling all over the country, taking workshops and private lessons from some of the best teachers and dancers in the world.
They have also competed in contests on both the local and national level, and have been surprised and honored to win a few. They love sharing what they've learned and have taught at clubs, studios and universities all around Ohio. They are most happy, however, just dancing with their friends and fellow dance addicts from every corner of the dance world.
This is one dance weekend you don’t want to miss!